HIKING AND ADVENTURE
In 1988 the State of Hawaii established the Na Ala Hele Trail Program to ensure public access
to trails was protected. The Na Ala Hele is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources which is heavily involved in managing trails and regulating
recreational activities within the state. In addition to providing activities for hikers the Na Ala Hele trails are also important for fire suppression, game management,
and ecological work and research.
If you are looking for a memorable experience try ziplining, as we did, in the North Kohala
mountains with Big Island Eco Tours. The adventure begins with a 40 minute
off road safari in a Pinzgauer Swiss Army vehicle. Once inside the forest, you'll soar across eight ziplines, cross a rope bridge, and see two beautiful waterfalls.
This is just one example of the ecotourism adventures available on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Several outfitters lead horseback riding trips around the Parker Ranch area or in the valleys of Kohala. Even if you have no experience riding
this is a great way to explore the island.
If a horse is not your speed try an ATV instead. Numerous outfitters offer ATV tours through the forests, grasslands, and other areas of the Big Island.